SPOKANE, Wash. -- Nordstrom officials said a male employee at Nordstrom’s Downtown store was killed after falling off a ladder Friday morning.
The store was closed Friday after the incident. A note on the front door read:
"Due to a tragic loss in our store family, we will be closed today. Thank you for your understanding."
The Spokane Medical examiner said the employee, Paul M. Inc, 52, died from fractures to the base and vault of his skull after getting an electrical burn to his left wrist and falling from a ladder. His death has been ruled an accident.
A representative of Nordstrom said the Inc was doing maintenance on the store’s third floor when he fell.
“It’s very unusual, exceptionally unusual for something like this to happen and it’s never happened at this store,” said Nordstrom Spokesperson, Tara Darrow.
They said Inc had been with the company for a long time.
“He was a longtime Nordstrom employee, my understanding is that he was well-liked, very sincere and there’s going to be a lot of people at this store that will really miss him,” said Darrow.
Employees of the store will have access to grief counselors.
A store representative said the store hopes to open Saturday.
Nordstorm has been in Spokane for 40 years and at the Riverpark Square location since 1999.